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Blog series by billb updated 04-05-2011 02:25 PM 6 parts 5540 reads 30 comments total

Part 1: Experiences in the Woodworking Business

10-30-2010 03:36 AM by billb | 7 comments »

I haven’t been posting on this blog lately but I really enjoy reading LJ. I’ve learned a great deal from lots of interesting people and I’ve decided to share more often. I spent over 20 years in the woodworking business but right now I mostly spent my time as a network administrator or writing and publishing. Nevertheless, I keep my hand in with a number of projects, the most recent pictured on this blog. While I really enjoy woodworking and feel fairly competent at it, m...

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Part 2: Speculation or Contract Jobs

10-30-2010 06:09 PM by billb | 6 comments »

Except when building things for myself or the family, I’ve never cared for building things without being certain that I would get paid for them. Whenever you build projects in hopes of finding buyers for them that is speculation. There are woodworkers who do exactly that successfully and it seems that many of those interested in starting woodworking businesses have a similar plan. As I read many blogs it has become clear that this is a common method of running woodworking businesses. I ...

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Part 3: Contracting For Woodworking

10-31-2010 07:26 PM by billb | 2 comments »

Like many woodworking businesses, mine was operated by one person, me. The nice part of a one person business is the informality and flexibility that is possible. You can make decisions and change if they don’t work out as planned. While that is a good thing, I still believe that setting some basic policies is an important thing. Doesn’t mean you won’t change them but you have them to guide you. I set some policies for my business and followed them for years. I’ve list...

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Part 4: Contracting For The Work

10-31-2010 07:31 PM by billb | 8 comments »

Many of you have already mentioned some of these ideas but I wanted to include them anyway. Once a prospect is ready to become a customer based on the information you have conveyed, the two of you have laid the groundwork for an agreement. Such agreements should always be committed to paper. Perhaps there was a time when a handshake was enough and there may well be people with whom that would be adequate but it is much too risky when you are investing funds for materials and many hours of ...

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Part 5: Consistent Quality and Guarantees

11-01-2010 03:05 PM by billb | 6 comments »

It’s obvious from reading the comments here that all of you are concerned with the quality of your work in addition to getting paid. I believe that consistently delivering quality work is essential to success. Cutting corners is never a good idea and will usually cost you more in the long run. My experience was that when I fully satisfied a customer they became a good salesperson for my work. Policy 4 – Consistently deliver the highest possible quality and make certain that the...

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Part 6: Two Woodworking Business Blogs

04-05-2011 02:25 PM by billb | 1 comment »

I haven’t posted here in some time because of suffering through a bad flu that really put me down. In spite of the flu shot, which I take every year, this monster was overwhelming and it feels great to be nearly well again. I decided to catch up a little by sharing a couple of my woodworking business blogs where I was posting a great deal before the flu monster overtook me. One of them is called the Woodworking Business Blog and the latest posts are about several of the jobs I did...

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